DeMarco Murray nearing return

IRVING, Texas -- DeMarco Murray said there is a chance he could play in one of the Dallas Cowboys' next two games, and the second-year running back said his sprained left foot is feeling a lot better.

"Today, this week is the best I've felt, so once I feel that I can help this team and I can be ready to go and play like I'm accustomed to playing, I'm going to get out there," Murray said. "It's a waiting game right now."

Murray has not played since Oct. 14 at Baltimore after suffering the injury in the first half against the Ravens. In addition to having to pass pain threshold tests, Murray is getting his foot checked regularly.

"It's a tricky deal when dealing with ligaments and things like that," Murray said. "It's kind of like a scar. You've got to let it heal, but I definitely feel very, very good about where we're at right now."

Murray initially thought he would miss only a game or two, not four.

"It's hard with a foot injury," Murray said. "Playing my position, that's where I do myself all my work, cutting, blocking, doing all that type of stuff, pushing off."

If he comes back too soon, then he risks being done for the season. The team wants to make sure when Murray does return it is for the full season. With two games in five days, the Cowboys' schedule is not conducive to an immediate return.

"Next week being a short week, that hurts me a little bit not having that full week of practice, that full week to let it heal a little more," Murray said.